Star News

Posted: 7/5/06

Sherburne County Sheriff's news release:

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Department responded to one vehicle
crash that claimed the life of Chase Bichel, 22, Elk River.

According to Sheriff Bruce Anderson, the crash occurred at
approximately 2:45 a.m., July 1 on County Road 4 east of County Road 5.

Bichel was the driver of a 1999 GMC Sierra pickup traveling eastbound
when it went onto the shoulder of the road. Bichel appeared to have
over-corrected, lost control of the vehicle and the vehicle rolled.
Bichel was ejected from the vehicle.

A passenger in the vehicle, Carl Schinkel, 22, Big Lake was also injured. Both Bichel and Schinkel were
airlifted from the scene by Life Link. Bichel was taken to St. Cloud
Hospital where he later died. Schinkel was taken to Mercy Hospital.

The Sheriff's Department was assisted at the scene by Zimmerman Fire
and Rescue.

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